When Im Shooting

.I'll choose a close-up or macro subject and make a choice (based on experience) whether to start with one flash or two. Before I move any closer I will look at the subject and the way it is orientated, I often consciously consider which side of my housing to place my flash. Top, right side, left side, beneath, etc. If I choose one flash I usually turn the opposing flashgun to OFF instead of turning it away. I place it at an angle, which I hope will complement the subject (I don't always get it right first time, in fact I sometimes don't get it right at all). I then move in, compose and shoot. I'll glance down to check the result and I mean just a quick look to check exposure.

If it's a moving subject, which can be spooked, I may back off and change angles.

If it's still life, I will continue. I may turn my second flash to On and bring it into play or, depending on the result, leave it alone. I usually end up changing my fig. 6.41 My left flash is out at an angle and my right side flash is close to the housing. This position would be adopted after looking at the shape and orientation of a possible opportunity, more likely to be wide angle than macro (flat port is shown for illustration purpose only).

flash angle on a subject, but there is no one precise close-up flash angle which I can say works better than another. This is important.

There is no one flash angle which is better or more reliable than another.

It depends on the orientation of the subject and the type of affect I want my flashguns to achieve.

fig. 6.42 Two flashguns each side of the housing is a much-used set-up when shooting macro and close-up with either a 60 mm, 105 mm or 200 mm macro lens.
fig. 6.43 Notice the way in which the flashguns are angled out compared with Fig. 6.45. This is to illuminate a subject with the very 'edge' of the beam.

fig. 6.44 I would not anticipate any backscatter with this position either providing the water is relatively clear.

fig. 6.44 I would not anticipate any backscatter with this position either providing the water is relatively clear.

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